State-Level Education and Voter Turnout in 2016Source:
A simple data set on education and state-level (+ DC) turnout in the 2016 presidential election. This is inspired by what Pollock (2012) does in his book.
A data frame with 51 observations on the following 13 variables.
the year of the presidential election (2016)
the state abbreviation
the state's Census region
the state's Census division
voter turnout for the highest office as percent of voting-eligible population (VEP)
the percentage of the state that completed high school
the percentage of the state that completed college
an estimate of the state's GDP per capita
is it a ``swing state?''
did Trump win the state?
the share of the vote Trump received
the state-level unemployment rate entering Nov. 2016
the state-level unemployment rate (12-month difference) entering Nov. 2016. Higher values indicate the unemployment rate is increasing entering Nov. 2016 relative to what it was entering Nov. 2015.
an estimate of the state's GDP
Data were created in early 2017 for an upper-division course on quantitative methods. Educational attainment and division/region data come from the Census. Voter turnout/share data come from the Elections Project at George Mason University. GDP per capita estimates come from Bureau of Economic Analysis. Unemployment data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and code to generate it was derived from a forthcoming publication of mine.